The SAR triptych was unveiled in the RAF Club by HRH the Duke of York. In the audience were no less than three SAR George Medalists and representatives from different SAR organisations, including some 18 Members and spouses of the 202 Squadron Association. We were by some way the largest group present.
The Triptych is a sensational piece of aviation art and looks stunning in its prime location, at the entrance to the Club. The RAF Club Committee was extremely complimentary about the financial and other support the 202 Squadron Association had given to the project. Mike Lakey was singled out for particular praise for his personal contribution (as did I during dinner the previous evening).
Various representatives of the Club stressed repeatedly that anyone from the SAR community would be very welcome to view the Triptych, regardless of rank.
We are also obtaining digital images of the Triptych and will put them on our website in due course.
You will recall that the association agreed to donate £500 to the project. Rather than ask for financial contributions from individuals (as we have discussed at previous AGMs), yesterday I was encouraged to invite Members to buy copies of the 3 different prints of the Triptych and/or the explanatory booklet that will be available through the RAF Club website.
Please Note: The above image, kindly supplied by Dave Allen, is the first image we have of the painting. I am reliably informed that more could be heading our way.